After headlining a packed acoustic stage at Victorious Festival this summer, Turin Brakes return to Pompey with a headline show at the Wedgewood Rooms tomorrow night – Thursday 15th December. Originally emerging in the early noughties with the release of Mercury Prize nominated ‘The Optimist LP’ before second album ‘Ether Song’ with it’s top 5 hit single ‘Pain Killer (Summer Rain) the original duo of Ollie Knight and Gale Paridjanian have naturally evolved into a four piece over the years (being joined by Rob Allum and Eddie Myer). 2022 saw the band release their ninth studio album – ‘Wide-Eyed Nowhere’. Speaking of the new album Wide-Eyed Nowhere the band say “We surprised ourselves with what came out; a sweeter, groovier set of songs in no hurry to be anything but themselves.”
The band recorded the new set of songs at Twin Palms – Olly’s garden studio – over the summer of 2021, choosing to let time infuse into the music and mature in a way it couldn’t in a pressurised commercial studio setting. “Friends would visit, kids would add a voice or two, bees would buzz and we’d get to sit in the South London sun while the music poured out of the speakers and floated across the lawn. Sometimes we decided it’s okay to just let it happen naturally, not to try too hard – just get out of the way, let the songs take shape, and that maybe you don’t have to be in a bad place to make the deeper cuts”.
A Turin Brakes show always promises to be a special affair with a real sense of affection and camaraderie between the band and audience. I have a couple of personal memories of the band – to begin with they are the only support band I’ve seen where the crowd, who hadn’t even heard of them 30 minutes before, demanded an encore. Secondly, I also have one of my favourite memories from my time at Uni in Sheffield. A winter’s evening, listening to the song ‘Feeling Oblivion’ the opening track from their debut album. My older brother Joe had come up to stay and we watched the snow falling outside my bedroom window, the song’s haunting melody the perfect soundscape to it all. I’m hoping they play the song at the Wedge though is it a push to wish for a few flakes of the white stuff outside as I make my way home down Albert Road?
Remaining tickets available from: http://www.wedgewood-rooms.co.uk/